A man in Brazil was arrested Monday in connection with the killing of a trans woman who was found with injuries to her face and a gaping chest wound covered up with the image of a saint, according to a police report. Caio Santos de Oliveira, 20, confessed to tearing out the heart of Quelly da Silva, 35, and stealing her electronic devices after meeting and having sex with her the previous night, military police said. Oliveira will face robbery and felony homicide charges for the crime, which took place in Jardim Marisa, in the state of Sao Paulo.
In this May 27, photo, Bruno dos Santos watches a soccer game between his Bigtboys transgender men's team and the Alligaytors, a gay men's team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the two dozen Bigtboys players, the pitch is also one of the few places where they feel at ease and can talk about their experiences, good and bad, without fear. On a late May afternoon, the Bigtboys soccer team played its first match, a friendly game on a flood-lit neighborhood pitch bordered by chain-link fencing.
Transgender people in Brazil had previously been able to change their names and legal gender in the national civil registry and on some identification documents — but only after undergoing mandatory psychiatric evaluations and surgical procedures and obtaining a judicial order from the Public Prosecutor. Argentina was the first country to do so with a law considered the gold standard for legal gender recognition. There, anyone older than 18 can choose their legal gender and revise official documents without judicial or medical approval. In subsequent years, ColombiaDenmark, IrelandNorwayand Malta eliminated significant barriers to legal gender recognition.
With only four months of weekly training in the bag, the Bigtboys lost to the more established Alligaytors. For the two dozen Bigtboys players, the training pitch is also one of the few places where they feel at ease and can talk about their experiences, good and bad, without fear. In latemore than 57 million Brazilians voted for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who once said in an interview he would rather have a dead son, than a gay son.
By her late teenage years, Aires was taking hormones to transition to a woman and, because she couldn't find other employment, working as a prostitute — the fate of many transgender people who are shunned by much of Brazilian society. Today, Aires is running to be a state representative in Rio de Janeiro, aiming to help other trans people avoid the same fate she suffered and be a voice for other marginalized people. Aires is one of 53 transgender candidates running for state and federal offices in Brazil, a deeply conservative and religious country that is also one of the most dangerous in the world for the transgender community.
Tifanny Abreu was leading her team in a key volleyball match last month when the opposing coach called her a man. Scientists and international sports organizations have already weighed in on the matter. But the renewed focus on Abreu has fueled a debate in Brazil that experts say is unwarranted and based on fears and prejudice.
Skip to content. For the first time, there was an Afro Brazilian, transgender lawmaker present to respond: Erica Malunguinho. Brazil is one of the deadliest countries in the world for transgender people.